This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Geo. C. Thorburn, of Newark, N. J., writes as follows: "Inclosed you will find a flower and leaf of the greatest hit in verbenas since the early days of Defiance; from its unique foliage, being a real vervain leaf; and pretty flowers and creeping habit, it will be, for all vase, basket, or rook-work purposes, the prettiest thing in its way ever introduced. " Few persons have done more than Mr. Thorburn.ru introducing novelties to enrich our floral domain.
In the November number, page 514, is an article on wintering Verbenas in small pots. I can not see what is meant by wintering them in small pots, when it is distinctly said they are placed in boxes early in August, In which they remain all winter. I am so much troubled with the plant louse attacking the roots of my Verbenas, German Asters, Dahlias, and some other plants, that I am nearly discouraged. I can find no remedy laid down in any work that I hare consulted for the loose that attacks the roots. Wil1 some one fire the desired information and oblige? Subscriber. - Mechaniesville, N. Y.
Last fall I planted a number of newly rooted plants in a glass-house without any fire heat. The plants are well sheltered from the heat of the sun and from cold, by dead stalks cut from the garden. It has frozen very hard in the house a number of times, yet the Verbenas look well, and arc in a growing state.
Sicily Sumac is an article largely used, and worth double the price of American Sumac. "Would it not be worth raising as a crop on poor or rocky land, that is worth but little for other purposes? A Subscriber. Philidelphiat Jan. 6, 1851.
Answers - As we know very little of the treatment of bees, we must beg some of our Correspondents to reply to that portion of our correspondent's inquiries.
Grafting the vine is easily performed in the usual cleft manner, (i. e., by splitting the stock and inserting the bottom of the scion as a wedge) - but the scions should be cut in winter or early spring, and kept in the cellar, in damp earth, till the buds, on the stock to be grafted, are bursting; then graft, and cover the wound with grafting clay. If the stock to be grafted can be cut off below the surface of the graft, the grafts can be inserted at any time during the grafting season - say middle of March to middle of April, about Philadelphia. In this case no grafting clay will be needed, the soil being drawn completely about the scion.
Freshly burned plaster - such as is used by builders in making hard-finished walls - is the best thing to stop the bleeding of vibes - but unless a very large limb has been cut off, we do not look upon bleeding as doing any harm whatever. En. - Ohio mineral Paint.- We have been a little skeptical about the advantage claimed for this paint, or at least have felt that time was needed before any satisfactory judgment could be passed upon it. We have much pleasure however in bearing witness to an instance of its excellence lately, as a surface covering for metal roofs, and its superiority to the paints in common use for that purpose. We saw the roof of a building covered with tin, and used for a purpose peculiarly calculated to try any material of this sort, since it is constantly exposed to great variations of temperature - tho space under it being alternately heated and and cooled - thus expanding and contracting the metal beyond what is usually the case in our severe climate. The proprietor had tried various modes of making it tight without success, but finally covered with two coats of Blake's Paint. This was done two years ago, and since that time it has never given the least trouble.
Decayed and defective gutters first lined with muslin, and then thoroughly painted with it at the same time, have also remained perfectly water-tight. A single coat - as often used is not sufficient - two coats are necessary to answer the purpose, and three coats make a strong and lasting coat .of cement, unalterable by sun or rain.